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Precisely, Louis. Floyd's past history had zero to do with his murder.

> On June 3, 2020 at 4:46 PM Ralph Johansen via Marxism 
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>     Louis Proyect wrote
> 
>     (A familiar refrain as if being an ex-con excuses someone's knee on his
>     neck for over 8 minutes.)
> 
>     “What is not being told is the violent criminal history of George Floyd.
>     The media will not air this,” police union president Bob Kroll told his
>     members in a letter posted Monday on Twitter.
> 
>     Floyd had landed five years behind bars in 2009 for an assault and
>     robbery two years earlier, and before that, had been convicted of
>     charges ranging from theft with a firearm to drugs, the Daily Mail
>     reported.
> 
>     
> https://nypost.com/2020/06/02/george-floyd-had-violent-criminal-history-minneapolis-union-chief/
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> 
>     ["The head of the Minneapolis police union says George Floyd’s “violent
>     criminal history” needs to be remembered and that the protests over his
>     death are the work of a “terrorist movement.”
> 
>     Floyd had landed five years behind bars in 2009 for an assault and
>     robbery two years earlier, and before that, had been convicted of
>     charges ranging from theft with a firearm to drugs, the Daily Mail
>     reported
>     <."]" rel="noopener" 
> target="_blank">https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8366533/George-Floyd-moved-Minneapolis-start-new-life-released-prison-Texas.html>."]
>  
> https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8366533/George-Floyd-moved-Minneapolis-start-new-life-released-prison-Texas.html
> 
>     Sounds like there goes what middle class support there might have been
>     for the protests. The largest middle class buffer between the working
>     class and corporate power on the planet. More divide and rule.
> 
>     And what charges will a middle class jury convict Chauvin for, let alone
>     the others charged, with this information before them? Especially now
>     that a Black Muslim State Attorney General, Keith Ellison, will now lead
>     the prosecution?
> 
>     And what does that mean for any meaningful "reform" of police conduct?
>     We know the answer to that from the last 200+ years of racism -- squat.
> 
>     So will the next murder of a Black person by the cops see increasingly
>     militarized police clamping down from the get-go, with surveillance,
>     drones, lethal automated weapons? And where do we go from there?
> 
>     We're not rich enough to go into outer space and colonize with Jeff
>     Bezos and Elon Musk.
> 
>     I visualize a response similar to the million-person gathering at the
>     Washington Monument against the US war on the Vietnamese people, only
>     next time, 3 million or 5 million pushing down the barriers around the
>     White House. Will the military follow their Comdr in Chief's orders to
>     fire on that many of their fellow beings? And then what?
> 
>     Well, that's my vision.
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